Now that BB creams—short for blemish or beauty balm—are a bona fide hit, cosmetics companies are moving down the alphabet: More than a dozen CC creams—short for color or complexion correcting—have launched this spring. Like BBs, they include sunscreen and moisturizers, but "CCs offer more pigment and, in general, a more matte finish," says the always discerning makeup artist Pati Dubroff. In other words, if BB creams are the near-twin sisters of tinted moisturizers (as we told you last year), then CCs share their DNA with full-coverage foundations. But while they can leave skin looking very even, they can also leave it looking a bit flat—so top them with a luminous cream blush or highlighter. And because CC creams are less sheer than BBs, you need to find a close color match.
Our favorites come in at least three shades (from left to right):